Kepler swimming pool receives a grant for its rehabilitation | News, Sports, Jobs

TIM WEIGHT/FOR THE EXPRESS The Kepler Community Pool children’s pool is pictured in the foreground of this photo. The large swimming pool is visible at the back. The pool complex recently received over $1 million in grants to rehabilitate the area.

BELLEFONTE — The Kepler community pool has received more than $1 million in grants.

The grant, provided through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will provide the pool with $1,310,213 for rehabilitation and further development.

The pool, located at the Bellefonte YMCA, was closed for the 2022 season due to renovations.

The funding announcement was made this week by Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Center/Mifflin) and Senate Pro Tempore Speaker Jake Corman (R-Center/Juanita/Mifflin/Huntingdon) .

“This return of taxpayer investment in the Kepler Community Pool will go a long way to revitalizing and renewing this asset so important to the Bellefonte/Spring/Walker/Inter-Valley area,” said Benninghoff. “The Kepler Community Pool has always been a great gathering place for families in our community during the summer months and the sooner work can begin on needed upgrades to the pool and surrounding facilities, the sooner we can bring back this important community resource to its full potential.”

According to the grant award, given to the Nittany Valley Joint Recreation Authority, the funding will be used to make improvements to the bathhouse, concessions and parking lot while building a new wading pool and improving filtration, recreation systems and public services. The pool will improve ADA accessibility, landscaping and signage.

“The Kepler Community Pool has been a community staple for over 50 years,” Corman added. “I am grateful that this funding resolves the structural shortcomings of the pool so that future generations can enjoy it for many years to come.”

The grant was provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the 2022 Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

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